How to hand in your notice at work

So... you’ve got a new job offer, you’ve decided to leave your current company and you’re ready to hand in your resignation notice. You wouldn’t be alone in feeling a sense of trepidation or confusion about the best way to resign. Quite often people who are about to resign are concerned about their line manager’s reaction, are they going to take it personally? Will you be marched off the premises.? Will you get a counter offer or a rousing speech designed to talk you into staying? Fear not... help is at hand and below is all the information you need to leave your role effectively and on the best possible terms with your current employer.

1. Feelings
You initially considered changing companies, because your present position can no longer offer the growth potential to match your experience. It's maybe true to say that your present company has helped you progress professionally and as a result, you may feel uncomfortable resigning. You will be leaving fellow managers and colleagues. You may even see some of them out of work as social friends. These people may have been instrumental in advancing your career. All or some of the above may make you feel uneasy, however... 

2. What can I expect when I tender my resignation? 
Your company will be sorry to lose you. You have contributed to their sales and profits. You are probably involved at the moment in a project within your workplace that requires your talents. Put yourself in your bosses position. What would you do ? 

3. The Counter Offer 
It's natural to resist change and disruption. Your boss will be no exception. He will want to keep you and will attempt to do so with a counter offer. In their eyes, your acceptance of a new job is definitely a mistake.


Counter Offers have many variations: 
1.    "This is confidential and I shouldn't really be telling you this, but we were looking at promoting you in the next six months".
2.    "We will match your new offer and put it into effect next pay day. I had meant to review it anyway".
3.    "Don't make a decision now, have a think about it and we'll sit down next week and discuss it".

4. Implications of the Counter Offer
Of course it is flattering that your company is concerned to hear that you are leaving, so your emotions can obscure the reasons behind your decision to leave. It is natural to be apprehensive about leaving and to let that one final nagging doubt about doing the right thing grow out of proportion the more your boss tries to convince you. Stop and ask yourself these questions:

1."I made the decision to leave because I felt the new position offered me the best environment to fulfil my career needs. If I stay will the situation here really improve just because I said I was leaving?"
2. "If I stay, will my loyalty be suspect and affect my chance for advancement once the dust has settled ?"
3. "This rise makes me expensive for the job position I'm in. How will that affect any future rises ?"
4. "I got this counter offer because I resigned, not because they wanted to reward my efforts." 

Although, you may be willing to accept a counter offer because it involves little change, you really need to think about how this will impact your career in the long term.

Isn't it better to leave on a high, being respected and valued at the company? Than impact your career by staying with a company that you actively looked to move away from?

How did you find handinging in your resignation? Did you stuggle to turn down a counter offer? Let us know!

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